"We are pleased and proud to name Joe as our general manager," said Giants president John Mara. "Throughout our search, Joe impressed us with his ability to communicate a progressive and comprehensive vision for our team. His philosophy and collaborative approach to building a roster and coaching staff align with what we were looking for in a general manager."
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora had reported on Thursday night that there was a strong expectation that the Giants will offer their GM job on Friday, with the team's coaching search expected to ramp up quickly after they did so. Schoen, the former Buffalo Bills assistant general manager, will now embark on that search.
"It is an honor to accept the position of general manager of the New York Giants," Schoen said. "I want to thank John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for this tremendous opportunity. And obviously I am grateful to Brandon [Beane] and the Bills for the experience I have had in Buffalo.
"Now, the work begins. My immediate focus is to hire a head coach, with who I will work in lockstep with to create a collaborative environment for our football operations. We will cast a wide net, it can be former head coaches, first-time head coaches but, more importantly, it has to be a person who possesses the ability to lead an organization and the ability to motivate and develop players. On the personnel side, we will begin to evaluate our roster and prepare for the draft and free agency. Our goal is to build a roster that will be competitive, have depth, and most importantly, win football games."
With Schoen leading the search, it makes sense that ESPN reported on Friday morning that Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll has been a name of interest for the Giants. Subsequent reports indicated that Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores would also be candidates.
Daboll has been a top coaching candidate in each of the last two offseasons, with his ability to build a forward-thinking and explosive offense around quarterback Josh Allen a selling point in his favor. Quinn has been one of the hottest names of this hiring cycle, with his dramatic turnaround of the Dallas defense working as a feather in his cap. Flores' parting with the Dolphins was viewed as a surprise, and he is considered also a candidate for the top jobs on Chicago and Houston.
Given Schoen's statement that the team will cast a wide net, it should be expected that more coaches will emerge as candidates for the opening. Prior to Buffalo, Schoen had previously worked for the Carolina Panthers, though the regime that was in place there at the time has since been replaced, so there are no obvious connections to be made.